Meet The Band


GrooveQuest’s music-making fantasies began to be realized in the 60’s...with purchases of $9 microphones and other gear...for school gym dances, community centers, and backyard parties; any place the coming-of-age Baby Boomers gathered to move and groove.  Small town parades and pageantry at that time were also destined to make their special, kinetic contribution to the future GrooveQuest. Several decades and thousands of miles and gigs later, these forces came together to form GrooveQuest whose audiences still enjoy movin’ and groovin’ today.

 

Singer/guitarist Steve O'Brien  has been singing since he got an Emerson radio for his 9th birthday.  He’s still influenced by the incredible vocalists of that era; by their styles, techniques, and passion.   His vocal training became more structured at Cooley High School in Detroit, where the quality and depth of its music department, and the presence of Motown’s Studio A only 9 miles away, created a lasting standard of vocal potential.  He bought his first guitar in Hong Kong, and became self-taught in the “fan rooms” of the USS Long Beach in the Tonkin Gulf. His vocal chops were further refined under the directorships of a community “light opera” group in Los Angeles.  He’s humbled by the power of singing and the power of songs to lighten hearts and create joy.

Lisa O’Brien has been a “bassist” since childhood...when she discovered that her left hand was “really where it’s at” as she played piano.  Likewise, she transitioned from clarinet to, ultimately, contra bass clarinet where she felt kinship with the tuba players and drummers.  In parades, because of the weight of her instrument, she twirled and danced down the streets of North Carolina towns as a majorette; a synergism of music and motion which later informed her groove-centric approach to music performance. Lisa transitioned, again, to bass guitar in 1994.

Jimmy “Drum Doctor” Proctor reunites with Bob Farris after making great music together in the bands Our Pleasure, Nightwatch, and Cybil throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Jimmy and Bob met at Walter Salb’s Takoma Park studio and arts center and contributed to the regional music scene which is deeply missed and so fondly remembered. Jimmy’s style extends far beyond his rock-solid time and right-on feel; he’s a coach in rehearsal and a stage manager in performance.He knows which tune out of a hundred is best to play next and makes it happen...keeping the music going and dancers and revelers engaged and happy.

Guitarist/singer Bob “Bobby Soxx” Farris, a native of Adelphi Maryland, toured the East Coast and was a member of house bands and show bands throughout the heyday of nightclubs in the 70’s and 80’s. Recently, his style and talents have been enjoyed by the audiences of Our Pleasure, Nightwatch, and Johnny Seaton and Bad Behavior.In addition to his own killer tone, Bob controls a Roland synthesizer with his guitar...to get the sound that “casts our [collective] memory back.” Bob’s chops and vast pallet of styles and “stunts” gives a musical thrill to all.

 

We've Also Loved Playing with:

Our Dear Late Mentor and Drummer, Lowell "Shufflemonster" Schiff
See our memorial thoughts here.  RIP, Great Friend.

Al Steele (guitar) is experienced in a variety of musical genres. He studied music at the University of Pittsburgh. He refined his jazz improvisation skills with the prominent saxophonist Nathan Davis. Al played rock, folk, country, bluegrass, and jazz in various Pittsburgh-based bands. Moving to the DC area, Al performed with Jazzmatics, a jazz quartet and Nightwork, a classic rock and blues band. While in the Navy, Al was a guitartist for the USS America Jazz Band.

Al was GrooveQuest's lead guitar player 2004 through 2016.

 

Drummer/vocalist Joel App grew up in a musical family in Bethesda, MD, and has been drumming and singing professionally since age 14. He has performed, toured, recorded locally, nationally, and internationally with such diverse artists as Southern Wind, John Harbison, Jack Bond, Bill Holland, Johnny Castle, Cathy Ponton King, Ron Holloway, Scott Ambush, Bob Margolin, Dave Chapell, Bill Kirchen, the Zealots, and national television and concert performances with Wammy Award winning Ruthie and the Wranglers.

Lead Guitarist Allen Mosenkis complimented GrooveQuest's youthful exuberance and respectful maturity.  We're grateful to have made music with him in 2017.

Gene Meros (sax/flute) What's R&B without a great sax? Gene's solos, fills, and monstrous tone bring smiles to faces all night long. He's been a pro since age 12 when his father formed and led "The Meros Brothers" which included Gene's brothers, of course, and his sister. They were a busy polka band, and their exploits include competing on the Ted Mack's Amateur Hour television show.  A lengthy 1990 article in The Music Monthly describes another phase of Gene's illustrious career. Read the article here.

Dave Johnson (keys/guitar/vocals) GrooveQuest is always pleased to expand whenever possible to include Dave, a fabulous and active performing, recording, and touring musician.

Lead Guitarist and Keyboardist Rick Aurich is a "double threat," adding to the sonic vitality with tasteful solos and licks.  He teaches as well!  His performance credits include Slimman and The Nowhere Men.

GrooveQuest's: Slogan, Moto, and Mojo:

From the Heart, from the Soul, Essential Spirit of Rock and Roll

through the Groove to You!